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Well at the end of the day what do we have on the table with the new MSI 990FXA-GD80? Okay for starters if you are looking for a faster solution for your current CPU you will not find that in the new 990FX chipset as it main features are better CPU support, both SLI and CrossFire support and a slightly faster Hyper Transport. This is not to say in any way the new MSI 990FXA is not of quality and desirable, but if you already have an AMD system up and running fine, changing motherboards will not give you much of a performance upgrade only more features. The drivers we used for this review were very early and improved performance will be seen as the chipset matures.
Features wise though, the new MSI 990FXA-GD80, is one of the most fleshed out we have seen and a good addition to the AMD platform in general. Variety and choice are the spice of life and what AMD has done is take their chipset to the next level by adding a more robust set of features not reinvent itself, and that can be a good thing. MSI taken their personal brand of features and combined them with AMD’s latest chipset architecture to bring to the table the all-new 990FXA-GD80, that breathes a bit of new life into the AMD world. Don’t look for miraculous performance gains with the new 990FX chipset, but get ready for whole new CPU in the form of the FX Unlocked Bulldozer series, and complete flexibility in your choice of VGA configurations unlike you have ever seen before.